Christ Central’s renovation of Mission Ridge nearing end

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

May 1, 2014

WINNSBORO — Christ Central’s 18-month renovation of Mission Ridge — formerly known as the country club — has approached its final days.

Mission Ridge prepares to open the main buildings up to the public and Gov. Nikki Haley will attend the dedication ceremony of Christ Central’s Mission Ridge Leadership Training Center, 601 South Congress Street in Winnsboro, on May 16 at 11 a.m.

After touring the campus on April 26, Christ Central’s board of directors sat down in one of the two dining rooms to dive into its annual report.

Although he is not associated with a Christ Central board, Fairfield County Councilman David Brown attended the meeting as a makeshift county liaison.

Brown believes the former country club’s transformation into a golf and leadership retreat center will have a positive impact in the county.

“This will change Fairfield County for the good,” he said.

The country club was built in the 1860’s and after recent financial troubles, Christ Central was asked by Fairfield County, the state, Mt. Zion Society and the country club to assist in keeping the building as a premier showcase for the county.

“Setting a goal is important for Fairfield County to move past where you are,” Christ Central’ founder and CEO pastor Jimmy Jones said. “Mission Ridge will be a nucleus for Winnsboro and for the county.”

The facility will be used for community activities by offering golf, conferences, weddings, graduation luncheons and other events.

A catering service will be available via the facility’s kitchen.

The leadership training center will focus on tools to serve communities effectively and serve as a retreat for mission station directors.

There are two conference rooms downstairs along with a kitchen, two dining rooms and a community room. Upstairs, there are six bedrooms equipped with two beds and a bathroom.

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